Defender Tdi

Rear Crossmember

 

Shouldn't be rusty yet, but check for damage caused by heavy towing.

 

Suspension

 

Bushes wear with age, reducing ride quality and steering accuracy

 

Propshaft

 

Lots of strain on the joints, which need regular greasing, - Look for joint play and the sliding splines

 

Wheels and tyres

 

Can be abused. -  Look for scratched alloys, damaged tyres

 

Corrosion

 

Check for corrosion between steel and alloy panels - lower door panels are favourites. Also bulkhead below windscreen and around lower hinges, and examine the chassis

 

Springs and suspension units

 

Sagging is a clue to a vehicle that's been used as a load lugger. Also bottoming out on speed humps

 

Engine

 

Can have a very long life, but only if the oil has been changed regularly. If it's black assume the worst. Also timing belt needs regular changing - ask seller when it was last done.

 

Steering

 

Should be good, but there are a lot of ball joints in the system, which can wear. The joint on the steering box drop arm is a common failure point.

 

Front swivels

 

Checks for signs of pitting.

 

Seats

 

Driver's seat cushion is liable to collapse, and it wears where driver slides in and out.